Nutrition Services - Pioneer Medical Center

Nutrition Services

Why see a Registered Dietitian (RD)?

Individuals with the RD credential have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor’s degree, completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination—in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.

There are also nutritionists who give nutrition advice, but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians. The definition of a “nutritionist” varies, especially from state to state and in some states, almost anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist” regardless of their education and training.

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Clinic Outpatient Care

Licensed, registered dietitians can provide our patients with Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) with a variety of topics including:

  • Cardiovascular Diseases: hypertension, dyslipidemia, congestive heart failure
  • Diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, Gestational
  • Disease Prevention: general wellness
  • GI Disorders: celiac disease, cirrhosis, Crohn’s disease
  • Immunocompromised: food allergy, HIV/AIDS
  • Nutritional Support: oral, enteral, parenteral
  • Oncology
  • Pulmonary Disease: COPD
  • Renal Disease: insufficiency, chronic failure, transplantation
  • Weight Management: overweight/obesity, bariatric surgery, eating disorders
  • Women’s Health: pregnancy, osteoporosis, anemia
  • Allergies

Talk with your doctor about medical nutrition therapy and ask for a referral for insurance purposes. Reimbursement by insurance for Medical Nutrition Therapy varies. Please call your individual insurance company to find out more about reimbursement.

Intensive Behavior Therapy for Obesity

A licensed, registered dietitian will work with you individually to achieve weight loss through behavior modification and lifestyle change. The program length is 6-12 months. The cost of this program is covered by Medicare and some insurance companies.


  • Must have a BMI of 30 or greater (for Medicare coverage)
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Diabetes Prevention Program

This program supports healthy lifestyle changes for adults who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Our dietitians, who are trained lifestyle coaches, deliver the program.


Adults are eligible if they are overweight, have medical clearance and have one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Pre-diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high triglycerides
  • Had gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) or delivered a baby >9 lbs.

People who have completed this year-long program gain confidence and learn new life skills. You will attend 1-hour group classes for a 16-week series of nutrition and physical activity classes and then 6 bi-monthly classes. You will learn how to make better food choices, be more active, and manage stress or other challenges to help you lose weight. Program cost is $150 and includes a FREE 6 month gym membership.